This review is from: The World of Leopold Stokowski (Audio CD)
You may as an individual listener love or hate what he does to the music but you have to admit the man had a way with orchestras and, as the sleeve note says, you cannot mistake a Stokowski performance for one by any other conductor. Whatever orchestra he conductied he brought to it his own unique, polished, high-voltage sound. Bach (THE Toccata and Fugue) and Rachmaninoff (THE C sharp minor Prelude) - as well as Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition (extract only) - undergo the Stokowski transcription treatment and none sound remotely as their composers would have intended - and yet they are also fantastic examples of the transcriber's art.
Whatever orchestra he was conducting and whether recorded live or in the studio - the CD is a mix of both - this electrifying music-making is gripping. Maybe for Stokowski fans only but really everyone interested in conducting in the 20th century ought to at least hear this disc.